Ahmet Kocabıyık, is board chair of Borusan, which has a turnover of $4.3 billion. He is the son of Asım Kocabıyık, one of the most important industrialists in Turkey. Kocabıyık, who lost his father last year, says:
“The holding will continue to follow his principles. But we are adding new values to those that are already in our DNA.” Kocabıyık says that their goal is to create a holding which is more dynamic, takes more risks and is more innovative. “My father was a very thrifty person. He did not like extravagance.
For this reason we grew slowly and steadily. We are also growing slowly now but we want to take a little more risk,” he says. We spoke with Kocabıyık about the issues that people are curious about, from the transformation at Borusan to new projects.
Have new values been added to Borusan’s DNA in recent years?
At the beginning of the 2000s, Borusan turned to the 6 Sigma model in order to increase productivity. Recently, novelty and innovation have been our most important priorities. The holding’s most important priority has been discovering new products and new markets.
We want everyone at Borusan to think about what customers will want from us in ten years’ time. We are looking to identify the answers to these questions in advance and establish an innovative system.
What kind of Borusan do you want to create?
My father was a very thrifty person. He did not like extravagance. For this reason we grew slowly and steadily. We are also growing slowly now but we are looking to
grow by trying to do more and being able to take a little more risk.